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St. Louis Mental Health Board

An illustration of what it feels like to experience schizophrenia.
Susannah Lohr | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis still has significant work to do to make behavioral health care accessible for all its residents, according to a new report from the city’s mental health board.

The St. Louis Mental Health Board's report released Thursday explains that city residents often face barriers to treatment, including a lack of transportation and affordable care. The city also needs more specialty care for trauma and violence survivors, LGBTQ people and people in continued recovery, the board found.

Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Lazare House, a permanent housing program in St. Louis, aims at giving older, homeless young adults with mental health needs a chance at stability.

The 15-unit apartment building in south St. Louis is operated through Depaul USA, and provides housing for young adult ages 18 to 24.

Suzanne Kenyon, the director of Depaul USA in St. Louis, said although there are permanent housing resources in the city for adults and temporary housing resources for young people, the need for permanent supportive housing for young people is widely unmet.